As a guy that’s been in radio and bands most of his life, I’ve always enjoyed the irony of people picking inappropriate song choices for very romantic moments. I’ve played by request “Feelings”by Morris Albert as a wedding 1st dance, The Police’s “Every Breath You Take” for a couple celebrating their 25th Wedding anniversary and this song by REM recently was requested as a Valentine!
It’s a common misinterpretation of the s refrain, “This one goes out to the one I love.” It may appear at first as a love song but the rest of the lyrics suggest a darker, more manipulative theme. REM singer Michael Stipe says the song is “incredibly violent” and added, “It’s very clear that it’s about using people over and over again”
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